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Non-senate faculty nominations sought for police panel

Nominations are being sought for a lecturer, active emeriti, adjunct or clinical faculty representative to serve in the non-Senate faculty seat on the U-M Police Department Oversight Committee. The committee includes two student members, two faculty members (one Senate faculty and one non-Senate faculty), and two staff members (one union and one non-union representative), who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms. The committee considers grievances against any police officer or the U-M Police Department and reports its findings and recommendations to the executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security. Non-Senate faculty members may nominate themselves or other lecturers, active emeriti, adjunct or clinical faculty members by completing a form on the University Human Resources website at Nominations will be accepted through March 20. Only submissions from those eligible to vote in the election will be considered. The newly elected member of the committee will begin in May. For more information, call Staff Human Resources at 734-763-2387.

UM-Flint has new programs in data science and analytics

UM-Flint is offering new programs in data science and analytics across three departments and at the undergraduate and graduate levels: a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a concentration in data science (and a minor), a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a concentration in data analytics (and a minor), and a graduate certificate in data sciences, which can be completed alone or as part of the Master of Science degree in computer science and information systems. The data science concentration of the Bachelor of Science in mathematics offers rigorous preparation in the mathematical principles behind data science. The data analytics concentration of the Bachelor of Science in economics offers a close look at the interplay of business economics and data, a growing field of employment in the public and private sectors. The graduate certificate in data sciences consists of four courses that can be completed on campus or online. Completion puts students well on their way to earning a master’s degree in computer science and information systems.

OVPR to host SciVal training session March 31

The Office of the Vice President for Research recently purchased a campuswide license to SciVal, a web-based analytics tool that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of more than 14,000 research institutions and their associated researchers from 230 nations worldwide. SciVal allows the campus community to visualize their research performance; benchmark relative to peers; develop strategic partnerships; identify and analyze new, emerging research trends; and create uniquely tailored reports. The OVPR team will host a free SciVal training session for U-M faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 in the Hatcher Library Gallery. Learn more about SciVal and register for the training session at

Registration open for Water@Michigan 2020

Join water enthusiasts from across the University of Michigan and beyond for Water@Michigan 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk. The registration deadline is March 24. Now in its fifth year, the annual conference is a springboard for interdisciplinary collaboration among U-M researchers and engagement with key community partners. The daylong event will bring together multiple stakeholders in a workshop format to advance U-M project-based learning and research. The focus will be just, equitable and sustainable approaches to water-related community issues across the Great Lakes region. Water@Michigan 2020 is sponsored by the U-M Water Center at the Graham Sustainability Institute and the School for Environment and Sustainability, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Theme Semester. For more information, visit the Graham Sustainability Institute website.

IRWG awards funding to 12 graduate students

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender has awarded 12 graduate students funding to support wide-ranging projects related to women, gender and sexuality. Two Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grants were awarded for projects related to women and work. The award supports projects that promote knowledge about and enhance understanding of the complexities of women’s roles in relation to their paid and unpaid labor, such as philanthropy, volunteerism, community involvement, domestic work and political activity. In addition, 10 IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars summer fellowships were granted to students from disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, public health, nursing and education whose dissertations focus on women, gender or sexuality. All awardees will participate in a weekly interdisciplinary seminar during May and June, with time for individual research during July and August. The diversity of their projects demonstrates the scope of women and gender studies at U-M. For a full list of recipients, visit the IRWG website.

Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record


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